Greenpeace reactive on Philippine Commission on Human Rights’ announcement

Madrid, Spain — Today, on the sidelines of COP 25 in Madrid, the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR), represented by Commissioner Roberto Cadiz, announced that the 47 investor-owned corporations, including Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Repsol, Sasol, and Total, could be found legally and morally liable for human rights harms to Filipinos resulting from climate change. [1] [2] In its groundbreaking investigation, the CHR also found the relevant criminal intent may exist to hold companies accountable under civil and criminal laws, in light of certain circumstances involving obstruction, willful obfuscation and climate denial.

CHR has concluded that people affected by climate change and whose human rights
have been dramatically harmed must have access to remedies and access to
justice. Simply put, big polluters and other corporations have the
responsibilities to protect human rights as we face the climate emergency.

Southeast Asia Executive Director Yeb Saño said:

applaud the statement of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines.
This is a historic moment for people and the planet, and a landmark victory for
climate justice.

marks the beginning of the end to the fossil fuel industry’s stranglehold over
our political systems. For the first time ever, big polluting companies have
been found responsible for human rights harms resulting from the climate
crisis. A growing number of climate cases are now being heard or filed across
the world—and with the conclusion of this investigation, we believe many more
communities will take a stand against fossil fuel companies that are putting
profit before people.

world is waking up to the fact that fossil fuel industry knowingly imperiled
the safety and security of millions of people around the world for their own
short term interests. It is an industry composed of the world’s largest and
richest companies who rake in profits, while the poorest and most vulnerable
communities reel from super typhoons and droughts made worse by climate change,
and suffer from loss of lives and livelihoods in a world degraded by the

is a vindication of the struggle of communities in the frontlines who are
leading the movement to demand climate justice. We are calling on people all
over the world to support the call for justice and hold governments and
corporations accountable in order to accelerate a just transition to renewable
energy and avert the worst impacts of climate change.”

The CHR’s announcement coincides with the start of the second week of the UN Climate negotiations, COP25.[3] The energy for change visible on the streets has not translated so far into energy at the negotiating tables or into a reduction of the role that fossil fuel companies play in the political process. It is time for decision-makers to prioritise people over polluters.


Notes to editors 

The announcement was made in a COP25 side event titled “Addressing Access to
Remedy and the Business and Human Rights Dimension of Climate Change” organized
by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for
Human Rights (OHCHR) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

The National Inquiry on Climate Change is the first of its kind in the world
and its resolution is expected to become a precedent for future climate
litigation in the Philippines and in other countries. The Petition sought an
investigation on “carbon majors,” the world’s biggest investor-owned fossil
fuel and cement companies, for violating or threatening the human rights of
Filipinos by significantly contributing to climate change and failing to reduce

human rights and environmental groups, namely Greenpeace, Sentro, Philippine
Rural Reconstruction Movement, Dakila, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights
Advocates, Philippine Human Rights Information Center, Mother Earth Foundation,
Ecowaste Coalition, 350.Org East Asia, Nagkakaisang Ugnayan ng mga Magsasaka at
Manggagawa sa Niyugan, Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development,
Alliance of Youth Organizations and Students-Bicol, Philippine Movement for
Climate Justice, and Nuclear Free Bataan Movement.

more about The Climate Change and Human Rights Petition in the Philippines: 

Greenpeace International’s COP25 opening statement can be found at:

Media contacts


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Perry, Greenpeace International, +31 61 434 0380, 

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